HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns

Tom Price,
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during a National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) news conference recommending everyone age six months an older be vaccinated against influenza, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resignation of Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services is drawing partisan responses from lawmakers.

Price resigned Friday amid investigations into his costly travel on charter flights.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Price, saying in a statement that the former Georgia congressman and House Budget Committee chairman is a “good man.”

On the Democratic side, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state says Price was always unacceptable for the job because of his “ideologically driven” views on health care, especially women’s health. Murray says the Trump administration lets top officials “put themselves and partisan politics ahead of families.”

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says Price “betrayed the agency’s mission to improve Americans’ health care.” He says Price’s replacement must implement federal health care laws and work to reduce prescription drug prices.

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